‘A Christmas Bargain’ Review, Author Guest Post and Giveaway (Hope Crossing, Book 2) by Mindy Obenhaus

About The Book
Can a property dispute…

Turn into a holiday blessing?

When single mom Annalise Grant inherits a fledgling Christmas tree farm in Texas, she vows to do whatever it takes to make it a success. But when neighbor Hawkins Prescott claims some of her trees are on his property, the only option is a partnership. As Christmas draws closer, Annalise and Hawkins find themselves growing closer as well. Could a family by Christmas become part of the deal?


From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

Hope Crossing

Book 1: The Cowgirl’s Redemption

About Mindy Obenhaus

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She’s a multi-published author of contemporary Christian romance, and resides on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer and the occasional coyote, mountain lion or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and watching copious amounts of the Hallmark Channel Learn more at http://www.MindyObenhaus.com

Print length

223 pages


Love Inspired
Publication date

November 29, 2022

My Rating: 5 Stars!

I love it when I start a book and immediately connect with the characters. I did this here. A very good story, with great characters make for some pleasant reading. I finished this one in less than a day. Mindy Obenhaus has fleshed her characters out very well here and included a sweet spiritual thread that we could all learn from. It was completely delightful and I enjoyed every single minute.

My thanks to the author and publisher for a copy of this book. The opinion here is my own.


Mindy Obenhaus has graciously consented to giving a guest post here on my blog AND she will be giving away a copy of A Christmas Bargain. Read on for how to enter.

A Dream in the Making
by Mindy Obenhaus
Has God ever given you a dream? A desire for something you had no idea how to achieve. Or you might know, but the steps involved seem insurmountable.
In my new release, A Christmas Bargain, Annalise Grant longs for her independence. To prove to others that she’s capable of standing on her own two feet and achieving her dreams. So when she inherits a Christmas tree farm from her deceased husband’s uncle, she’s convinced it’s God’s way of fulfilling her dream. Until she’s faced with the amount of work it’ll take to bring that dream to fruition. And as she trusts in her own abilities instead of God’s provision, her confidence is shaken, and she begins to buy into the opinions of others.
Dreams rarely come true overnight. They often require a lot of hard work, whether physical, mental or simply time-consuming. I firmly believe that my dream of becoming a writer was planted by God. I can say this with ninety-nine percent certainty because I was never a reader. My mom was an avid reader, but I thought reading was boring. Something I had to do for school. Later, as a busy mom of five, I had no time. Magazines were my preference because they had pictures. Nonetheless, I always had a very active imagination and would create fictitious scenarios in my head.
Then my mom came to live with us—and brought all of her books. As I sorted through them, hoping to get rid of as many as possible, I was intrigued by some of the covers. So I’d read the back cover and the first page. Guess who suddenly became an avid reader? The next thing I knew, I was contemplating those stories in my head and wondering, “Could I write a book?”
Soon, that question turned into a dream, and I felt God calling me to write for Him. That was in 2006. I didn’t receive my first book contract until 2013. Just because God called me to write, didn’t mean I was going to be published overnight, or that I’d ever be published at all. But I remained obedient to that calling. The years between that seed being planted and publication were filled with a lot of hard work. Failures and disappointments. I had to learn the craft of writing and get to know the industry. And I had to trust that God had set me on that path for a reason. Reasons I may never know.
I believe God instills dreams in all of us to draw us closer to Him. To teach us to rely on Him throughout the journey. To plant those markers in our lives that we can look back on when times get tough and remind ourselves that He is always with us and will never forsake us.
Has God given you a dream? If so, did you brush it off, thinking it fanciful or difficult? Or did you accept His offer to journey with Him down a new path?

If you’d like to enter the giveaway, here’s the rules:
1. Leave a comment, with your name and email in a non-spam formula.
That’s it!
However, remember that only the contiguous US can receive a physical copy of the book due to those pesky postage costs. Overseas readers can receive a digital copy. And US readers can choose physical or digital copy. Contest ends December 5. A Winner will be drawn and will have 24 hours to contact me with their information. If not, I will choose another winner.

4 thoughts on “‘A Christmas Bargain’ Review, Author Guest Post and Giveaway (Hope Crossing, Book 2) by Mindy Obenhaus”

  1. Thank you for sharing your story, Mindy. God’s ways always amaze me. So many times others may see things we can’t see clearly, or encourage us to use our gifts. I started going out with my future husband by playing piano for his solo at church. They never called on him to come up, but after the many days of practice, we started dating and became Mr. and Mrs. He has since passed, and I have been working on sharing some of our crazy farm life as picture books with the lessons we have learned from the animals. A dream yet, but truly blessed along the way as I have connected with so many dear people who are a blessing in my life. All the best on your journey! kclarkholly (at) gmail (dot) com . And thank you Susan for sharing this review.

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen. I love that story about how you and your husband got together. Keep pursuing your dream because you just never know where God might lead you.

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